Blackjack tournaments are not all that popular, at least compared to poker tournaments. However the Ultimate Blackjack Tour is trying to change that. They are hardly the first to attempt to make blackjack into a spectator event but they do seem to have a better chance of success than most of their predecessors. This is mainly because they have addressed most of this issues that were hurting a blackjack from a spectators standpoint.
It should probably come as no surprise that the massive popularity of poker on television has led to other casino games also having tournaments that can be played for an audience. One of those is blackjack although it has taken some effort to make a success of this. The biggest problem with most blackjack tournaments is that most players will just bet the minimum until they get to the final rounds, then they will start to make big bets. This makes the tournament quite dull from a spectator’s point of view. In order to get around this the Ultimate Blackjack Tour has changed the format so the player with the lowest chip count will be eliminated at various stages in the event. This forces players to make larger bets earlier in the tournament to ensure that they don’t have the lowest chip total.
The results have been largely successful and the tour is gaining in popularity. It still has a long way to go to catch poker tours like The World Poker Tour, but the progress has been good. There have been some other innovations to make the tournament more appealing to spectators. This would include the ability of the television audience to see the dealer’s hole card. There is also a secret bet that each player can use once during the tournament. This can be used to bluff the other players. They think this was done in part to “imitate” the intricacies of the game of poker.
Many of the world’s top blackjack players have been playing on the Ultimate Blackjack Tour the last couple of years. In addition you will see many of the world’s top poker players on the tour as well. Typically there will be sixteen players at each event with the last player left with chips being declared the winner.
One of the great things about the Ultimate Blackjack Tour is that anybody who wants to can play in it. In order to get into the main tournament you will have to win your way in through a satellite tournament. There are lots of these tournaments around so there is plenty of opportunity to get into a tour event. This has been a large part of what has made poker so popular. A completely unknown player can show up and end up winning the whole thing. This is clearly something that the blackjack tournaments are trying to emulate. How successful they will be remains to be seen but as it stands right now they seem to have a good chance at success.